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Bostonian looking for a Los Angeles experience

First time in LA. We are staying in West Hollywood but willing to travel. Looking for sushi one night and any other cuisine not to formal with some atmosphere.

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  1. A martini at Musso and Franks in Hollywood. Clams or King crab at Neptune's Net on PCH in Malibu. A cheap and delicious meal from one of the Taco trucks in the area. Have a nice visit.

    1. Not too formal with atmosphere. Well I think Animal has atmosphere, but most importantly, brilliant food.

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      Animal
      435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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      1. re: Servorg

        There was a recent thread about a sushi place in Beverly Hills (Kiyokawa) that sounded really good. We have not been, but you can read about it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7220...

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        Kiyokawa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
        265 S Robertson Blvd Ste 10, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

        1. re: Servorg

          Was going to suggest Kiyokawa as well! and Animal...

          if you wanted to go "otherly ethnic," there's Monte Alban for Oaxacan, Mariscos Chente for Sinoloan Seafood, Jitlada Thai, Rahel for Ethiopian, Musha for izakaya...

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          Jitlada
          5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          Monte Alban
          11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          Musha
          1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

          Mariscos Chente
          4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      2. For the true LA experience, the food quality tends to drop off. You are looking at staples like Spago, Pink's, Roscoe's, In-n-Out. I would agree that Animal is the Hot Spot (for food). Three musts are the poutine, maple foie gras, and the pork belly sliders. Reserve now as it's popular. CUT is a popular LA vibe steakhouse. The Bazaar for drinks and decor, The Ultimate Gin & Tonic and the Passion Fruit Martini are addictive. Umami Burger is my favorit burger joint.

        Ah yeah, back to sushi, Urasawa is the best $500pp, next I would consider Sushi Zo and Nozawa my favorites

        For cheaper eats Pizzeria Mozza, Kogi BBQ Truck, or Langers. Wurstushe's sausage's are hit or miss, but the truffles are consistent good.

        If it was my weekend, I would skip sushi. Dinners at Animal and CUT.Lunch at Mozza and Kogi. And get drinks at Bazaar and Copa d' Oro.

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        Spago
        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Urasawa Restaurant
        218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Sushi Zo
        9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

        Kogi
        Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

        Umami Burger
        850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Pizzeria Mozza
        641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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        1. re: albatruffles

          I 2nd Langer's. The best pastrami on earth.
          http://www.langersdeli.com/

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          Langer's Delicatessen
          704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

        2. Gjelina is a must. In Venice, on Abbot Kinney - a real LA experience and fantastic food, not formal, great atmosphere.

          Musha is another idea, in Santa Monica, for japanese tapas. I echo the Animal recommendation, also a must.

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          Musha
          424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Gjelina
          1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

          1. If you're adventurous, add East LA (Mexican), Koreatown (Korean), the San Gabriel Valley (Chinese) and Little Saigon (Vietnamese) to your itinerary.

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            1. re: raytamsgv

              If you are a meat lover Parks BBQ in Koreatown should not be missed. A wonderful meal and experience.
              http://www.parksbbq.com/

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              Park's BBQ
              955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

              1. re: wienermobile

                Thanks for all the suggestions so many great ideas!!